Social media basics for your business – using Facebook and Instagram

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We use Facebook and Instagram for our business promotion and also to keep up with the latest trends to help our local, small business clients.

While we aren’t declaring ourselves gurus when it comes to the socials, we’d like to help out and share some of the special sauce that keeps our accounts vibrant and relevant.

In light of this, we’d like to present the following freebies to our local community of small business owners and employees – feel free to message us with success stories or point out where you think that we are wrong!

OK, let’s get started with the tips.

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Infographic time! Absurd rules from NBNCo

It is pretty well known that we deal with a lot in Fixed Wireless (FW) and Fibre to the Node (FTTN) technologies. We have experience in Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) as well and try to get anyone that can away from Satellite (Sat or SkyMuster) if we can.

We’ve even been accredited as NBN Business Advisors due to our training and commitment to getting people connected.

But sometimes the rules don’t make sense… <shakes head slowly>


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Microsoft Outlook changes for Office 365 subscriptions

NAR Design support Microsoft Outlook

Do you live in Microsoft Outlook at work as much as we do?

NAR Design provide Microsoft Office 365 NAR Design are Microsoft Partners

Microsoft are excited to introduce multiple updates to Outlook for Windows. The “Coming Soon” feature offers a preview of new user experiences coming to Outlook such as a new, simplified ribbon and provides customers the opportunity to try the experience at their convenience. We’ll be rolling these changes out over the course of the next few weeks.

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NAR Design – your local nbn Accredited Advisor

NAR Design have been following the nbnTM story since it was announced, way back in 2007 and have been connecting businesses since services have become available to our clients in 2015.

Over this time we have developed a wealth of experience with the process – from facilitating the mapping process, non-standard installs and changing technologies for clients to get them a better broadband outcome.

Our continued training has resulted in various certifications from nbnTM with the latest being nbnTM Business Accredited Advisor.

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NBN Live in Clare

Network cabling, patch panel and switch - NAR DesignFibre to the Node (FTTN) NBN is now active in Clare and NAR Design can assist getting you connected. This type of fixed line uses the existing copper to connect to a “Node” in your street, hopefully not too far away. The “Node” connects to fibre optic cable that connects to the rest of the NBN network.

NBN Connection Options in Clare

If you have a business we recommend connecting on a different line to your ADSL for redundancy. There may be an additional cost but this removes the problem of a failed migration resulting in no internet for a period of time. If the internet connection is important to you or your business, please go with this option.

Speed may now be a choice for your connection! The current connection to your home or business is most likely ADSL2+ with downloads up to 24Mbps and uploads up to 1Mbps. Depending on your distance from the Node, NBN offers speed tiers over FTTN (using VDSL) of 25/5Mbps, up to 50/20Mbps and up to 100/40Mbps.

New phone systems are now available to you at very competitive rates. We can supply systems with no upfront costs, included calls and new handsets – contact us for more information.

NBN FTTN Node in Lee St Clare - NAR DesignDon’t forget that the NBN is NOT just Telstra – there are many quality providers available for your connection. We work closely with and resell Aussie Broadband and can help your business get connected.

Also – there is no rush to change. You have 18 months from the RFS date of 18th December to migrate from your traditional copper service to the upgraded copper service on NBN for your phone and data.

Questions? Let us have a look at your business communications and provide some recommendations.

The case of Telstra and the Giant cheques

Read on for mystery, intrigue and huge refunds!

Featuring NAR Design vs Telstra
Starring Clewers Betta Home Living – Clare with Blue Goanna Digital in a supporting role.

NAR Design presents the Telstra cheque to Kym and Steph from Clewers Betta Home Living ClareOne of our customers recently asked us to check over their Telstra bill for them as they thought it was a little high. They’d asked the Telstra dealer that they’ve been with for years to check it out, but all the Telstra dealer recommended was a new phone system and they were left unsatisfied.

NAR Design see checking phone bills as an opportunity to learn more about our clients and how they do business. We ask a lot of questions and aren’t afraid to ask the stupid questions, as these sometimes have unexpected answers. Assumptions are the enemy when you look into this type of service for a client.

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Proposed NBN Fixed Wireless North Clare tower application

NBN Fixed Wireless Clare tower coverage - NAR DesignDo you live outside of the town boundary of Clare and have been struggling for decent internet? NBN have an application in with council that needs your support. This includes the areas of Armagh, Stanley Flat, Spring Gully, Emu Flat, Neagles Rock and Spring Farm.

The proposal at 29 Government Road (off Blyth Road), Armagh is ideally suited to meeting the required nbn radio coverage and service levels, whilst minimising the impact on the surrounding landscape as a carefully sited slimline monopole.

Before the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council DAP makes a decision on the Application, Council will consider all submissions on the proposal. Our consultants at Aurecon have only recently been advised by Council that advertising of the application commenced on 12th August and will finish on 26th August (this Friday).

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Command Centre v1 with HP

A client of ours was interested in an ultra-portable device that could run all of his business applications but be versatile enough for client demos or just browsing on the couch.

HP Spectre x2 with four displays by NAR Design

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HP unveils the new Spectre X2 2in1 flagship

HP has released details of their new Spectre X2 flagship range of 2in1 devices. 2in1 devices are a hybrid tablet and laptop device, with dual use options offering the best of both worlds in portable usability.

HP Spectre x2 available from NAR DesignThe Spectre X2 features a stainless steel kickstand and can rotate up to 150 degrees for virtually any viewing angle.

Made from CNC aluminium, the Spectre X2 is an incredible 8mm thin and weighs only 840 grams (slate only) and provides a up to a staggering 10 hours of use.

Included in the box is the award winning backlit Spectre keyboard, with a perfect 1.5mm of travel and a superior trackpad , and is complimented with a speaker grill along the top edge powered by Bang & Olufsen technology.

As the name suggests, Spectre is our flagship in premium PCs and as such the list of features is quite extensive. Of note as a leading new technology is the inclusion of the Intel Realsense 3D camera.

The Spectre X2 is available from late October 2015 starting from a RRP of $1499 and has many configuration and options including Microsoft Windows 10 Pro.

Option ranges include:

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